Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lippie of the day

I did this topic a few times last year, and I need to start it again. Just a quick post to let people see different lipsticks, plus it motivates me to look through my lipsticks instead of using the same ones day after day.
This post I'm showing a permanent MAC lippie (which is my preference, why show a sold out limited edition lipstick that people can't go buy?), I actually got this one recently when I Back to Mac'ed some old items.  I was looking for a pinkish-nude, this one was more pale pink on me but I love it.  The name of it is Fanfare.  It's a creme sheen and I love that it doesn't settle into my lip lines. It's perfect for a toned-down, "no make-up" day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MAC x Julia Petit collection and swatches

If you've tried to buy anything from the last few limited edition MAC collections, you know that it requires good timing and dedication to get the most in demand items.  I thought the collaboration with Julia Petit would be a bit easier, since she's a Brazilian star/model/blogger and not that well-known in the U.S.  I was wrong.
I'm usually ordering online the second that it goes on sale, but this time I was tired and got lost in a TV show so I wasn't watching the site for a few minutes.  (Of course that was when it went on sale.)  So I was a few minutes late to begin with, and then I paused for probably a minute debating on which payment method to use. Just that fast Boca lipstick was snatched out of my cart because it sold out.  I swear it was only on sale for 10-15 minutes before it sold out.  I quickly finished my order to get Acai, the Lustre Drops and Petite Red.  Then I decided to go back and place a 2nd order (as I often do) to get the Linda blush, but alas, it sold out before I could finish the order.  I was amazed, within the first 20 minutes 2 of the lipsticks were sold out and the blush.  I wasn't surprised when this happened for the Bao Bao Wan collection or Cinderella, but this one took me by surprise.
But I got the items that I wanted the most. I was unsure about how Boca would look on me, and I knew that there were permanent lipsticks that were very close dupes for it.  So I ordered Faux lipstick, which is indeed a very close dupe and I'm happy with it.  As far as the blush, I honestly didn't think it looked like anything too special, as there are plenty of peachy colored blushes available.
I just got my order today and snapped a few quick photos of what I got. My favorite item is the Acai lipstick, it is a gorgeous color and looks beautiful on. I was also very happy with Faux lipstick, although it does seem to make my lip lines more pronounced (I fear I'm getting to the point where I can't wear lighter colors of lipstick without gloss).  I swatched Brave over the weekend which is also named as a good Boca Dupe. I didn't swatch it on my lips, but I'll have to do that soon and see if it holds up better.  The lustre drops were a pleasant surprise.  I've never tried them but I put some on my hand and it was very very pretty.  I haven't had much luck getting powder highlighters to show up on me but these definitely will.
So here's what I got, and remember, the collection with Phillip Treacy (the milliner) releases online this Thursday.  It's also a small collection, with 3 lipsticks, I believe 3 fluid lines, and 2 (gorgeous) powders.  I have to say that all of the lippies are a skip for me, since I have plenty of reds and pinks that are dupes, and I have No Faux Pas already.  And with all of the fluid lines coming out in the big Spring collection (MAC is Beauty), I think I can wait to get those, too.  Finally, a few collections that I don't have to stress over.

Acai and Petite Red lipsticks
Acai clings to my lip lines and dry spots, too, but it's not as noticeable unless you're looking this close up.   It also leaves a stain after you eat and drink, which is nice

Faux lipstick (Boca dupe) Pretty color, but not great on my older lip lines

Faux lipstick with Water Deities gloss softens the lip lines a bit

Swatches: top - Lustre Drops
L to R:
Petite Red, Faux, Acai

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Swatches from MAC's Bao Bao Wan lipsticks

I've finally got a chance to wear my lipsticks from this collection so I thought I'd share some photos and some thoughts. My favorite of them all is Burmese Kiss, then Forbidden Sunrise, and last (believe it or not) is Lavender Jade.  These are all mattes, and they are not forgiving if your lips are dry like mine have been lately.  They're also not too great for older women (like me) who have deep lip lines.  The lighter a color is, the worse it looks on dry/mature lips, which is why Lavender Jade didn't look great on me.
That said, if I wear lip primer or gloss with these I think they'll look great.  But to be the most helpful to others, I'm posting pics WITHOUT lip primer, but I did add gloss to Lavender Jade.  Spring is coming (at some point) so bring out the bright lipsticks!

Burmese Kiss

Forbidden Sunrise

Lavender Jade with MAC's Reckless Desire lipgloss